New to Sacred Circle Dance? 

If you are wanting connection with others and the natural world this might resonate.  I facilitate Sacred Circle Dance to mark the turning of the wheel of the year, to align with the rhythms and gifts of each season and to explore our connection and lack of connection to the land and all the beings living here.

 

For me Sacred Circle Dance is a way to explore and build our relationship to the land that we have the great fortune to live on and open to the other beings who live here too. The music and the dances are a mix of traditional and contemporary to help us explore how something ancient like dancing in a circle can have resonance today. Sacred Circle Dance was incubated in the intentional community of Findhorn in Scotland in the 1970’s and has since spread to countries all over the world.

 

Many of our ancestors danced together simple dances and often in a circle – a form that evokes unity and wholeness – all are equal, all are one.  This dance practice calls us to work at bringing our movements into alignment with each other and when we do there can be a taste of something bigger than us as individuals, and that we belong and are part of the web of existence.   And we offer the dances to the greater good, dancing with respect and appreciation.

 

Circle dance is one of the oldest forms of dance on earth. It was danced around fires, in village squares and in sacred sites. People danced naturally in a circle to celebrate the return of the sun, celebrate the harvest, to grieve and mourn loss and mark and celebrate human rites of passage.

 

I took my first step into the world of Sacred Circle Dancing in Ottawa in 2001.  Slowly and with learning, inspiration, and encouragement from fellow dancers and my teacher, June Watts, I developed my own approach and practice of this dance and began to facilitate circles in 2012, first in Ottawa, then Aylmer, Nanaimo, on Zoom and now in Aylmer and the Outaouais region. I have also facilitated circle dances as part of many rite of passage ceremonies such as House and Land Blessings, Funerals, Celebrations of Life and Community Healing circles.

 

My interest and intention with this embodied practice is to hold space for reconnection and re-enchantment with the land, animals, plants, people and All That Is. This danse practice offers me a way to explore my place and purpose on earth, in my community and in the natural world right here in the Outaouais. It is my great joy to share this practice and exploration with others.

“I felt so good during the gathering in Aylmer.  The word that came to me, but that I didn’t share at the time, is “coherence”.  It is a very good feeling.  I want to pursue this path.”  Marie-Michèle

 

 

 

“Thank you, Jen for coming and teaching us all a new way of dancing and appreciating ourselves and nature! I had a great time dancing and helping to create the circle of dances!” Kathy

 

 

 

 

I dedicate myself to facilitating seasonal celebrations at each sacred festival around the wheel of the year – the solar festivals of solstices and equinoxes and the lunar quarter festivals Imbolc – the first stirring of spring, Beltane – the peak of fertility, Lammas – the first harvest and Samhain – the start of the new year on this day dedicated the beloved dead.

Sacred Circle Dance is one way I have found to explore my connection (or lack of connection) to my own indigenous roots and ancestry, and I am aware of how tricky this is – since my ancestors, culture and traditions come from another continent.

  • The dance allows me a way to be with and explore many things I can’t understand or change.” Roblyn

  • Thank you for sharing your poem, and for leading the Samhain dance. I am very glad to have happened upon your circle-making. There is something deeply nourishing about repeating steps, directions together.” Sylvia

  • Your ability to share your heart’s wisdom, life experience, vulnerability, authenticity – in essence your PRESENCE is so very grounding as well as providing a sense of reaching to the stars.” Catherine

 

Winter Solstice – Surrender to the Dark and Birth the Light”

  Imbolc – Ignite our Neart (Heart courage) for change”

Spring Equinox – “Dance into Balance and the Uprising Energies of Spring”

 Beltane – “Dance for our Highest Strivings”

Summer Solstice “Feast on Sun and Sea”

Lammas –“Being with What Is

 

Fall Equinox – Sink with the Sun into Fall

Samhain – “Connecting to the Bones of the Ancestors”